Collaborative learning with a touch of friendly competition!

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The pedagogical simulation The Research Competition (TRC) aims at supporting teachers and students with the production of research work for the course Social Science Research Methods. It may also be useful as a methodological complement to the courses Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research and Integration of the Social Sciences.

Simulating the process of funds allocation for social science research in a manner similar to the yearly competitions held by funding councils, such as Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC) or Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), TRC provides activities, tools, and methods related to the social science research process.  TRC will help students launch research projects in any number of disciplines or design modalities.

The spotlight is on supporting the production of empirical research proposals and reports, key assignments in research methods courses (RM). TRC supplements existing RM course work material (textbook, manual, etc.) and is not intended as a stand-alone, comprehensive course package.

Pedagogical Objectives

The Research Competition addresses ministerial competency 022Q: Apply the scientific approach used in the field of Social Science to empirical research.

More specifically, it covers the following four elements (out of seven) of this competency:

  1. Explain the characteristics of the scientific approach used in Social Science.
  2. Identify a research problem.
  3. Select a research method and technique that correspond to the problem identified.
  4. Produce a data collection instrument based on the research method and technique selected.

In addition, the Collegiate Contest portion of TRC aims to fulfill the criteria for activities that are covered by the various Student Involvement Recognition (SIR) programs of the CÉGEP network. The hours spent by students participating to the Contest would count toward the mention for student involvement on their academic transcript. The proposed number of hours that can be recognized towards a mention on the student’s record is ten (10). TRC aims to fulfill the criteria of Contributory involvement, in the Science area of student involvement: 

Contributory involvement
Where students contribute significantly to one or more extracurricular activities that require them to take on responsibilities, take initiative, show leadership and enhance learning. (§ 2.1, p. 4)

This area includes scientific or technical activities that involve research, testing or communication, and that raise the level of interest and knowledge in science and technology. Learning associated with methodology, rigour, ingenuity, analysis and synthesis is recognized. (§ 4.1, p. 7)

Finally, TRC contributes to the development of the following skills of the ICT Profile for College Students:

  • Search for information
  • Process information
  • Present information
  • Use ICTs in an Efficient and Responsible Manner 

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The Research Competition is a production by the Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development (CCDMD).

Based on an idea developed by Lynda Gelston, John Abbott College


Pedagogical design

Lynda Gelston, John Abbott College

Scientific review

Wendi Hadd, Ph.D. (John Abbott College)
Karine St-Denis, Ph.D. (Centre de Recherche en Éthique CRÉ)
Bruce Tsuji, Ph.D. (Carleton University)

Linguistic review

Wendi Petersen, trad. a



Unik Media

Sound recording

Studio SFX


Jordan Wiberg
Erin Setch


Félicité Roy
Michael Gannon


IT design and programming


Graphic design

Christine Blais

Web integration

Véronique Pivetta

Content integration

Kim Trudel

Project manager

Michel Hardy-Vallée, CCDMD


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